Recommended Books

Here are some books that we recommend for those seeking truth and understanding. We encourage you to make a regular practice of picking a book from our list, getting two copies, and reading it with a friend.

Bibles

ESV Study Bible
ESV Daily Reading Bible
Reformation Study Bible

Devotional Helps

For the Love of God (v.1-2) by D.A. Carson
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
A Godward Life (v. 1-2) by John Piper
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions by Arthur Bennett

Scripture

The Old Testament Documents: Are they Reliable & Relevant? by Walter C. Kaiser
The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? by F. F. Bruce
Can We Trust the Gospels? by Mark D. Roberts
The Historical Reliability of the Gospel by Craig L. Blomberg
Dethroning Jesus by Bock & Wallace
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckham
"Fundamentalism" and the Word of God by J.I. Packer
God Has Spoken by J.I. Packer
40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible by Robert Plummer
Inerrancy ed. Norman Geisler
Ancient Word, Changing Worlds by Nichols & Brandt
Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief by John Frame
Know the Truth by Bruce Milne
Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

Biblical Theology

God's Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible by Vaughn Roberts
According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy
The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God's Plan for Humanity by Daniel Fuller
Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence

Apologetics

The Reason for God by Tim Keller
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Basic Christianity by John Stott
The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell
Can Man Live Without God? by Ravi Zacharias
Who is Jesus? by Greg Gilbert

The Nature & Attributes of God

Knowing God by J.I. Packer
The Pleasures of God by John Piper
Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D.A. Carson
Experiencing the Trinity by Darrell Johnson

The Doctrines of Grace (i.e. Calvinism)

Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul
Easy Words, Hard Chairs by Douglas Wilson
The Doctrines of Grace by James Boice and Phillip Ryken
Still Sovereign ed. by Thomas Schreiner & Bruce Ware
For Calvinism by Michael Horton
Five Points by John Piper

The Cross

The Cross of Christ by John Stott
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Had to Die by John Piper
The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul
Pierced for our Transgressions by Jeffery, Ovey & Sach
It is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement by Dever & Lawrence
From Heaven He Came and Sought Her ed. Gibson & Gibson

The Gospel

God is the Gospel by John Piper
What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert
The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Salvation

Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray
Justification by an Imputed Righteousness by John Bunyan
Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification by R.C. Sproul
Finally Alive by John Piper
Counted Righteous In Christ by John Piper
Union with Christ by J. Todd Billings
Raised with Christ by Adrian Warnock
The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges
The Cross and Salvation by Bruce Demarest

Discipleship

The Mortification of Sin by John Owen
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung
Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore
Desiring God by John Piper
Future Grace by John Piper
Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
Humility by C.J. Mahaney
Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt
Follow Me by David Platt
Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey

The Church

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile
Why Church Matters by Joshua Harris
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall & Tony Payne
What is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman
Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman

Spiritual Disciplines

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes
Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes
Prayer by Tim Keller
Fifty-Seven Words that Change the World by Darrell Johnson
Praying Backwards by Bryan Chapell
The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to God's Will by Kevin DeYoung
What's Best Next by Matt Perman

Marketplace Faith

Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller
God at Work by Gene Veith
The Gospel at Work by Gilbert & Traeger
Work Matters by Tom Nelson

Suffering and Pain

If God is Good by Randy Alcorn
How Long, O Lord by D.A. Carson
Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller

Missions and Evangelism

Operation World (7th ed.) by Jason Mandryk
Let the Nations Be Glad! by John Piper
A Holy Ambition by John Piper
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer
The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever
Tell the Truth by Will Metzger
Marks of a Messenger by Mack Stiles

Manhood & Womanhood

Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood ed. Piper & Grudem
What's the Difference? by John Piper
God's Good Design by Claire Smith
God's Design for Man and Woman by Kostenberger & Kostenberger
Radical Womanhood by Carolyn McCulley
A Guide to Biblical Manhood ed. Randy Stinson

Marriage

The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
Love That Lasts by Gary and Betsy Ricucci
Each for the Other by Bryan Chapell
This Momentary Marriage by John Piper
When Sinners Say "I Do" by Dave Harvey
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity by Francis Chan

Parenting

Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade
Teach Them Diligently by Lou Pirolo
Dare to Discipline by James Dobson
Family Worship by Joel Beeke
Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham
Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Trip
Instructing a Child's Heart by Tedd Trip

Counseling

How People Change by Timothy Lane & Paul David Tripp
Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp
When People are Big and God is Small by Edward Welch
Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness by Edward Welch
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Edward Welch
Encouragement: How Words Change Lives by Gordon Cheng
You Can Change by Tim Chester
Counsel from the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis Johnson

Christian Classics

Confessions by St. Augustine
City of God by St. Augustine
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards
Christianity & Liberalism by Gresham Machen
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The God Who is There by Francis Shaeffer

Biographies

Confessions by St. Augustine
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton
Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography by Iain Murray
Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden
George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore
The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain Murray
The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Iain Murray
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor by D.A. Carson
Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
John G. Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides by John G. Paton
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson
Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret by Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor
Peace Child by Don Richardson
Bruchko by Bruce Olson
Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot

Church History

Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley
The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzales
The History of Christian Thought by Jonathan Hill